John Whelan’s All Star Ceili Band

A longtime friend of the Festival, John Whelan has brought together a group of some of the best instrumentalists playing Irish music on the east coast. They are sure to keep the toes tapping in the Ceili stage throughout the weekend.

John has been a solo performer, leader of Ceili bands and is best known at the Festival as the head of the John Whelan Band. Although John grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. John’s artistry blossomed when he moved to Americaand soon was performing with Riverdance fiddler Eileen Ivers in one of the most celebrated Irish duos of the decade.